Biological Sciences at NIU

Discover your corner of the universe—and learn how to make it a little better.

The natural world is intricate and immense. Life-giving and under threat. A degree in biological sciences is your path to making your mark on this incredible planet. From studying microscopic organisms to researching ecosystems, you'll find the opportunity that speaks to you. Earning a biology degree is also the perfect stepping stone to professional studies in medical, dental and other areas.


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What Can I Do With a Biological Sciences Degree?

Graduates of our program launch careers in government, education and industry. You'll be prepared for a variety of roles, such as eco-tourism manager, wildlife specialist and crime lab technician. You'll also be ready to continue your studies in graduate or professional school, leading to positions such as: 

  • Dentist 
  • Optometrist 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Physician 
  • Veterinarian

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Career Potential for the Biological Sciences


Employed in the field of biology


Median wage in 2020


Employed full time

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Overview

You'll focus your biology coursework in one of four areas: pre-professional, biotechnology, microbiology or biodiversity. You'll also take courses in chemistry, math and physics. Our program will give you many opportunities to get involved on campus and assist faculty with their research.

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences.

How do I get in?

The NIU application is free and we are also on the Common App. Find out more about application deadlines and requirements.

What will it cost?

Tuition as a full-time student is $4,803.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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